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Sep 5, 2012 6:30pm PDT
economic message around the country, one of the places he took it too, the swing state of virginia. darren gersh spoke today with business owners in roanoke, for an update on how the president's message is playing. >> reporter: the president chose roanoke va, a key city in a key swing state to lay out his vision of government and business cooperating to boost economic growth. >> the point is, is that, when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. roanoke was also where the president awkwardly stressed the importance of government-funded infrastructure to business. >> somebody invested in roads and bridges. if you've got a business, that- you didn't build that. >> for many businesses here, that comment showed the president is an economic problem, not the solution. >> that brief portion and it may have been taken out of context reinforced that perception. >> reporter: columnist dan casey responded to the uproar by writing about the many examples of government support for local roanoke businesses and the revival of the downtown area
Sep 6, 2012 6:30pm PDT
of any president in history. in the swing state of virginia, darren gersh asked voters whether their patience is running out. >> reporter: all the videos and speeches at the democratic national convention are aimed at voters in key swing states like virginia. here in northern virginia, the economy has rebounded from the great recession to a remarkable degree, but even here, opinion is sharply divided on whether the president has done enough. the housing market in parts of northern virginia is back at record levels. unemployment in the area is just 4.5%. government spending has had a huge impact here. >> we have virtually no unemployment in places like arlington county, where the unemployment rate is under 3%. >> reporter: but not everyone is giving the president credit for northern virginia's relative good fortune. owner linda caldwell says business is slow at the occoquan coffeehouse. >> i don't see too much effect in straightening things out, one way or the other. >> reporter: and the argument president clinton made that no president could have fixed in four years all the eco
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